Barbara Smith Alfaro
Barbara Smith Alfaro has had poems and essays published in various journals including Poet Lore, Minimus, and The Chesapeake Reader. more »
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for Henry Brautigan
The Brooklyn apartment on Fenimore Street
had high ceilings and arched doorways.
My brother Bob was the apple of your eye
but I was the one you taught how to draw
pictures of a tree, a man’s face,
a rowboat near a lake.
After supper, in her favorite chair,
Mama read the funnies to Bob.
I was at the dining table, with you,
a sketchbook, charcoals and pastels.
Quiet as a lamb, I almost never spoke
when near you. Seven, skinny,
and sinless as a jellyfish,
I was silly with the mystery of ...